Membership Overview

Come Join the Fun!

The Dry Stone Walling Association of Canada is growing, and we want you to come along.

Membership runs for a 12-month period from January 1 to December 31 of each calendar year. You may purchase a membership for one, two, or three-year periods.

Each member must certify that they agree to abide by the Association’s Standards of Practice.

Dry Stone Canada offers one type of membership. Here are the details:

General Member: General members include novice to advanced wallers and dry stone enthusiasts who want to be involved in the Association’s development,  as well as individuals who want to support the Association. 

All General Members

  • Are added to our mailing list and receive newsletter updates on workshops, festival, and events, as well as stone network news and updates to the website.
  • Are invited to volunteer at the members' build at our annual Dry Stone Festival.
  • Who have completed at least one of our workshops are welcome to participate in any of our basic walling workshops (no fee )
  • Are eligible for the Joseph Boterman Bursary and the Ireland-Canada Exchange Bursary.

General Members with Advanced Skills

  • General members who demonstrate Advanced-level skills in their existing body of work are eligible for learning programs organised by the advanced skills committee including:
    • Advanced Skills Sessions
    • Mentoring and Development at designated major build projects
  • Read more about Advanced Skills here.

Workshop Events

  • After taking a workshop and understanding the basics of walling and use of materials on site, General members can join and volunteer to help with workshops for free.
    • The number of volunteer spots will vary depending on the workshop build. Contact for more information.
  • You DO NOT need to be a general member to sign up for and attend a workshop.
  • General members with workshop and coordination experience can volunteer to assist Instructors as an On-Site Coordinator. This is a new role we are piloting in 2022. Read more here

Committees and Board of Directors

  • General members are invited to join Committees to help build the Association and support our mandate and strategic direction. Read more here.
  • Current committees include:
    • Membership
    • Workshops
    • Advanced Skills
    • Young Wallers
    • Festival
    • Ireland-Canada Bursary
  • General members are eligible to join the Board of Directors.

General Volunteering

  • General members are always welcome to volunteer with our festivals and events. These events and our operations require non-stone skills and experience including promotions, fundraising, and helping host international guests during our festivals. We welcome your involvement.
  • Here are some current calls for volunteers:
    • Digital documentation for our 10-year anniversary:
      • Dry Stone Canada needs help organizing our photos and digital record of the last decade of builds, workshops, events, and fun times. If you have skills in digital documentation or are a whiz at organizing files in the cloud, send us and email
      • Dry Stone Canada is launching a digital documentation project to record our major build sites during our 10th anniversary year. If you have a knack for photography and are near one of these sites, take some photos and we will add them to our albums.
    • Dry Stone Canada is launching a series of member spotlights in 2022. If you have writing skills and a knack for interviewing, please be in touch. 
    • Dry Stone Canada is implementing a new membership management system and we need a Registrar to help manage this program. If you have skills managing data and communications, please be in touch. 

General Member, 1 Year

  • Be invited to volunteer
  • Eligible for bursaries
  • Vote at the AGM
  • Be a Board Member

General Member, 2 Year

  • Be invited to volunteer
  • Eligible for bursaries
  • Vote at the AGM
  • Be a Board member
  • $10 discount

General Member, 3 Year

  • Be invited to volunteer
  • Eligible for bursaries
  • Vote at the AGM
  • Be a Board member
  • $20 discount